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March 26th, 2015

High School Sports | Tolman, Shea High honor winners of winter sport Key Spirit awards

March 26, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Student-athletes who participate in interscholastic winter sports at Tolman and Shea high schools were recently recognized and awarded The Key Player Spirit Award.

March 24th

Providence College basketball | Dunk game for Friars icemen no quid-pro-quo

March 24, 2015


PROVIDENCE – No, Providence College fans. There was not an ounce of pity in the NCAA’s decision to send the men’s hockey team to a tournament game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center after the men’s basketball team was subjected to a quasi-home game in Dayton’s backyard.

March 23rd

Lincoln High Unified Sports | TEAMWORK: Jarest honored as coach of year by athletic administrators

March 23, 2015


LINCOLN — It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.

March 22nd

Lincoln High School Athletics | TOTAL DEVOTION: Lions' Jarest honored for coaching commitment

March 22, 2015

LINCOLN – It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.

March 19th

Tolman Boys' Volleyball | ALL IN: Nachbar honored by athletic administrators for coaching commitment

March 19, 2015


PAWTUCKET – While Tolman High varsity boys’ volleyball coach Neil Nachbar didn’t previously know much about the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, he certainly does now.

The 44-year-old city native learned recently he had been selected the R.I.I.A.A.A.’s “Male Coach of the Year,” and that he will be feted at the mammoth group’s annual awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick on Thursday, April 2.

March 18th

NFL Draft | TAKING HIS BEST SHOT: Jean-Daniel Roussel, former St. Raphael standout, tries to turn heads at Brown University Pro Day

March 18, 2015

 

PROVIDENCE – Jean-Daniel Roussel had the perfect way to seek feedback at Brown University’s Pro Football Day.

Whenever there was a break in the action, the Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy alumnus would glance at Brown offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan. Six NFL scouts came to the Ivy League school, all of them armed with the appropriate tools of the trade.

March 17th

University of Rhode Island basketball | URI blows away Iona in opening round of NIT, 88-75

March 17, 2015


KINGSTON — After playing two, slow-down Atlantic 10 Tournament conference games over the weekend, the No. 3 Rhode Island basketball team finally found an opponent that was willing to play an up-tempo, 94-foot contest.
 
In the first round of the National Invitational Tournament, the Rams and No. 6 Iona traded dunks, 3-pointers, transition buckets and free throws – lots and lots of free throws – for 40 minutes Tuesday night.

R.I. High school sports | Plans are in place in the event baseball, softball seasons don't start on time

March 17, 2015

 

March 16th

Community Sports | GREENER PASTURES: Young ballplayers taking advantage of indoor facilities while they wait for the snow to go

March 16, 2015

 “I don’t think you’re going to be on the field this week or even by the first of the month.”

March 15th

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | St. Raphael took eventual champs Bay View to the wire in semi

March 15, 2015


KINGSTON – Fifteen minutes after the final horn had sounded, St. Raphael Academy veteran mentor Fred Saunders walked out of his girls’ locker room, saw a few media types waiting for him and immediately raised one hand before turning back to compose himself.
 
The gesture spoke volumes.
 

March 13th

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | TRIPLE THREAT: Gonzalez, Shittu, Oliver take Saints to new heights

March 13, 2015


KINGSTON – Fred Saunders knows that he’s been in a fortunate position. For the past two seasons, the St. Raphael head coach has been able to put the same three girls in his Saints’ starting lineup.
 

March 12th

Providence College basketball | Dunn, Henton and defense stifle St. John’s 74-57, PC to Big East semi

March 12, 2015


NEW YORK – Under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Providence put the college basketball world on notice Thursday that they are not a team to look past, suffocating St. John’s with defense on their way to a 74-57 win in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament.
 

March 10th

Cumberland Boys' Track | Kabba taking his running talents to UMass Lowell

March 10, 2015

CUMBERLAND — Abdullah Kaba was getting nervous. The Cumberland High senior had repeatedly emailed the UMass Lowell cross country and track & field head coach to stoke the recruiting fires, but had no luck in receiving a reply back.

Turns out a simple typographical error was preventing Kaba from properly connecting with River Hawks mentor Gary Gardner.

Cumberland Boys' Hockey | Moving up to higher division didn't faze Clippers in the slightest bit

March 10, 2015

CUMBERLAND – It's more than fair to say Cumberland High varsity head coach Dr. Mark Andreozzi never anticipated the kind of dream season his Clippers have enjoyed.

Because his icemen captured the R.I. Division II Tournament championship a year ago with a near-perfect 22-1-0 overall record (against league opponents), Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials chose to bump his program up to Division I/Eccleston.

There they'd be forced to take on the best public school squads in the state, and Andreozzi knew it would be a big, difficult leap.

March 9th

Providence College basketball | Friars' Dunn had plenty of help en route to winning Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year

March 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE – For all that he endured injury-wise in his first two seasons in a Providence College uniform, the news of Kris Dunn being named co-winner of the Big East Defensive Player of the Year laurel should be viewed as an organizational achievement.

College Basketball Round Up

March 9, 2015

Saturday, March 7

(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50

Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.

(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59

March 6th

Mount–Lincoln/Cumberland Girls Hockey | Lions struggle to solve MSC defense, Mount takes 2-1 win

March 7, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD  –  Minutes after this epic Friday night tilt had ended, Mount St. Charles’ girls mentor Tony DiLorenzo peered at an onlooker, gave a mammoth “Whew!” and smiled weakly.
 
That’s what happens when you eke out an entertaining, not to mention thrilling, playoff triumph.
 

Commentary | McGair: PawSox fans should take themselves out to the ball game while they can

March 7, 2015


An open letter to PawSox fans:
 
The 2015 home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. Clear the schedule and come on down to McCoy Stadium.
 
There’s also a game at the venerable ballyard the next night, and the following day, and the day after that and … you get the idea.
 

March 5th

High School Hockey | Mount, Lincoln, Burrillville ready to go for postseason

March 6, 2015


A year ago, Mount St. Charles and the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op team were the two teams out of the 10 in the state that did not qualify for the postseason.

This year, the two squads will face off in a best-of-three series in the DeCosta Division playoffs. The Lions are the higher seed, meaning that Game 1 against the Mounties will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at North Smithfield’s Rhode Island Sports Center.

March 4th

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | Oliver shoulders heavy load as Saints outlast Panthers in overtime, 73-67

March 4, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders calls senior guard Kaylee Oliver “one of the best shooters in the state.”

Oliver lived up to the billing on Wednesday night in the state open tournament when she put the Saints on her thin shoulders and carried them to a 73-67 overtime victory against Johnston. SRA advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals against the winner of the North Kingstown-Chariho contest.

Oliver finished with 26 points, 15 of them coming on five three-pointers. She also went 5-for-5 at the free throw line.